California and Changes — The North Star Reports – by Joshua Chanin. Sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal

The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy

California and Changes — The North Star Reports – by Joshua Chanin. Sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal

Golden Gate Bridge

I recently traveled to California as part of my college’s choir trip, and viewed the wonders of the so-called “Golden State.” I went to the lavish cities of Santa Barbara and Los Angles, but my eyes were set upon the city of San Francisco. Not only was I fascinated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, or the high hills and trams, but I became more interested in the different kinds of people I saw in this great city. As a history scholar, I know that California has been home to many Asian-Americans since the late nineteenth century, as the indigenous peoples hired this particular group at cheap prices to help build the transcontinental railroads. But I was partially unaware at the extent of growth the…

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